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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 30, 2008 7:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Take That You Younguns......

Caught the DSO show at the NORVA last night. Took my 23 yr old daughter (stereotypical white middle class hip hop fan) to try and give her a small taste of what 'real' music is like. She actually enjoyed the show and was dancing (although it was likely a slowed down version of some 'Biggie Thug' what-not rappy bojangle, whatever).

Anyway - it was an original setlist. Very 80s flavored first set: Half Step - Wang Dang Doodle - Bird Song - Blow Away (gaaaaaaack - sorry that was my inside voice) - Big Iron (very nice) - Jack-A-Roe (interesting combo following Big Iron) - Broken Arrow (just shoot me) - It Hurts Me Too Okay, this gets its own line.

Lisa Mackey sang lead and blew the freakin' roof off the venue. I have to admit, I wasn't sure how she was going to do, but she dropped a nuclear bomb on the place. If Donna Jean could have sung like Lisa Mackey did last night, I would be an eternal fan vice a cringing one.

Jack Straw and Touch of Grey closed the first set. I was talking with a couple of younger kids standing next to me - they were all excited about the first set since they were big Brent fans. I must have made a face because all four of them started hollering at once "Dude, you don't like Brent???"

To which I answered, "Only if I want to go to a carnival and hear a calliope and throw rocks at plates to win kewpie dolls." (Okay, I didn't really say that, but I did have that look on your face when you vomit up just to the back of your throat and get that biley ick taste thing)

I told tham I was a big fan of '68-'73 - they looked at me as if gazing upon the wizened face of Methuselah.

Talk about instant karma. Second set opened with Viola Lee Blues, I told the guys if they played New Potato to stand back as my head was likely to explode (they did, it didn't), and then reprised Viola Lee Blues.

Next was a very interesting Eyes (very 77 sounding) into a very slick Estimated. Knowing it was an original setlist, we weren't sure where they were going next when BOOM, King Solomon's Marbles shows up after being teased into it with Stronger Than Dirt (or Milking the Turkey, whichever you prefer). Kind of interesting. They fell out of KSM into a very cool Drums - started out very 72/73 and then at about 11 minutes, Rob Koritz starts into the post 80s Mickey electronic weirdness - except lots of djembekan rhythm patterns (dum dum dum, taka dum taka taka taka dum) No criticism needed from any Senegalese, Guinean or Western Saharan readers thank you.

At this point, I knew I was losing my daughter - I knew if they did Space she was going to start rolling her eyes and giving me the "Are we there yet?" look. They did, she did.

Fortunately, it was only about 12 minutes long and they did a blistering shift into Saint Stephen, exploding out of some half formed chord phrasings and semi-melodic voicings between Rob Barracco (Pig, Keith, Brent), John K (Jerry) and Rob (Bobby). It sounded like a bunch of minor arpeggios on top of descending pentatonic runs while Barracco was doing some tinkling on the keys (no, not that kind William Tell). A very crisp and tasty version of one of my favorite Dead tunes.

Then out of nowhere they start into the William Tell Bridge and start a power slide into a very tight Eleven - at this point, I was no longer in complete control of myself and I smacked one of the younguns next to me and hollered - "This is my set, this is why I like the early Dead." None of them had never heard Eleven before, but the collective "Holy shits!!" I heard was testimony enough. It was amazing. I wish I was as old as WT so I could have actually seen them in '68, but this was pretty damn fine.

After working the old people in the crowd into a walker and cane shuffling frenzy with this dip into the '60s they did a forgettable (IMO) So Many Roads that made the young pups happy enough to empty their drool cups before peeling off their faces with a blowed up Lovelight - Rob Eaton did an admirable set of Bobby lung searing 'highers' for about 5 minutes and then they wrapped up with a nice safe US Blues encore.

All in all, it was a great night of music that appealed to just about every era for the boys.

I'm not sure my daughter will ever go with me again - at least not unless I agree to going to see one of her ghetto rat, boney thug shows.

Thanks for letting me share.

Peace.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Dec 30, 2008 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

Great post, Mando. :)

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Dec 30, 2008 8:35am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

Say what you want to about Brent v. Keith, but the phrase "'Biggie Thug' what-not rappy bojangle" is outstanding in its own right.

Well played.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 30, 2008 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

Not to mention

"walker and cane shuffling frenzy"

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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 30, 2008 9:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

Thanks for that review, it was just the thought I needed before plowing into the afternoon's work. I may just change my mind and see them when they come to Atlanta soon. I'll spruce up the walker first...

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Dec 30, 2008 10:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

amos -

I held off for a long time before going to see these guys figuring they were just another cover band. And I am kicking myself for being a stubborn ass. They really do a superb job of recreating the show - from stage setup to equipment.

A few years ago at a show down on the Outer Banks I struck up a conversation with Robert Koritz (he drums Mickey's stuff) and we got to talking about DSO. He is an avid golfer and I try to take him out for a round when they come through VA Beach (Tidewater four ten oh nine). We've had a lot of time to talk about DSO over the course of a round.

They don't consider themselves a cover band - more of a tribute band - and to me the difference is more than semantic. They never try to be the Dead, but they make a herculean (or Samsonian) effort to reproduce what the experience was like. The setlists are accurate and their versions of the shows are accurate down to the noodling and tuning between songs. Perhaps not note for note, but close enough for a noodle.

They are all exceptional musicians and on more than one occasion I've had to stop and tell myself that I wasn't seeing the Dead.

If you haven't seen them, I'd reccomend at least seeing one show. Chances are, you will be pleasantly surprised. Especially when you get that feeling you have heard the setlist before and you find out that you were in fact at the show they were recreating.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Dec 30, 2008 1:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

I saw them for the first time while helping a friend sell T-Shirts at a Flat Rock Music festival in NC a few years ago. WOW, that was fun. We howled at the moon a lot. Great outdoor venue. I've seen them a couple of times in ATL, but just haven't been in the mood to go through the trouble lately. I heard the saying long before I saw them about "if you just close your eyes you're almost there."
Your favorable review will help me get out of my rut and back on the dance floor.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Dec 30, 2008 11:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

"they looked at me as if gazing upon the wizened face of Methuselah."

CLASSIC!!!! LMAO


sounds like a phenomenal show - especially set 2!!!

glad y'all had a blast :)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 30, 2008 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

sounds like it was great; thanks for the update.

unfortunately, I am using a cane today, and just tinkling is uncomfortable!

back in a few days all!

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Poster: Agent 86 Date: Dec 30, 2008 8:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Take That You Younguns......

Nice post Mando, I feel the same way as yourself. Back in August, I saw these folks do an "original setlist".

In the darkness and cold of an August night in the Adirondack mountains, Lisa Mackey just belted out one suberbly intense version of White Rabbit.

Gave me chills then, and now as I write. I will never forget seeing her, hands tucked inside the sleeves of her sweatshirt to keep them warm, just assaulting that song. What a vocalist she is.

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